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Barry and Kukathas as inspiring sources for a fair church-state system in Belgium

Leni Franken and Patrick Loobuyck UGent (2011) JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES. 10(28). p.3-20
abstract
In this article, we will look at the political philosophical theories of Brian Barry (Culture and Equality, 2001) and Chandran Kukathas (The Liberal Archipelago, 2003) and see which consequences both theories have for the Belgian model of church and state. For both authors, the liberal state should be neutral toward religion but they interpret this neutrality in a different way. According to Kukathas, neutrality implies a hands-off policy and therefore, recognizing and financing religions is out of the question. For Barry on the other hand, the state is neutral if equal people have equal opportunities. Consequently, state support for religions and even the recognition of religions is possible, if religions are treated in the same way. However, a hands-off policy is also in line with Barry's theory. Both from a pragmatic and from a normative point of view, Barry's egalitarian liberalism seems the most interesting theory as an inspiring source for the evolvement and modification of the Belgian system, towards more fairness and equality.
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church and state policy, Belgium, religious education, recognized religions, libertarianism, egalitarian liberalism, Kukathas, CULTURAL RIGHTS, Barry, equality, neutrality
journal title
JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES
J. Study Relig. Ideol.
volume
10
issue
28
pages
3 - 20
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Article
Web of Science id
000287729100001
ISSN
1583-0039
language
English
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no
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1172142
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1172142
date created
2011-02-25 15:57:06
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2016-12-19 15:39:26
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  abstract     = {In this article, we will look at the political philosophical theories of Brian Barry (Culture and Equality, 2001) and Chandran Kukathas (The Liberal Archipelago, 2003) and see which consequences both theories have for the Belgian model of church and state. For both authors, the liberal state should be neutral toward religion but they interpret this neutrality in a different way. According to Kukathas, neutrality implies a hands-off policy and therefore, recognizing and financing religions is out of the question. For Barry on the other hand, the state is neutral if equal people have equal opportunities. Consequently, state support for religions and even the recognition of religions is possible, if religions are treated in the same way. However, a hands-off policy is also in line with Barry's theory. Both from a pragmatic and from a normative point of view, Barry's egalitarian liberalism seems the most interesting theory as an inspiring source for the evolvement and modification of the Belgian system, towards more fairness and equality.},
  author       = {Franken, Leni and Loobuyck, Patrick},
  issn         = {1583-0039},
  journal      = {JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES},
  keyword      = {church and state policy,Belgium,religious education,recognized religions,libertarianism,egalitarian liberalism,Kukathas,CULTURAL RIGHTS,Barry,equality,neutrality},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {28},
  pages        = {3--20},
  title        = {Barry and Kukathas as inspiring sources for a fair church-state system in Belgium},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Franken, Leni, and Patrick Loobuyck. 2011. “Barry and Kukathas as Inspiring Sources for a Fair Church-state System in Belgium.” Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 10 (28): 3–20.
APA
Franken, L., & Loobuyck, P. (2011). Barry and Kukathas as inspiring sources for a fair church-state system in Belgium. JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES, 10(28), 3–20.
Vancouver
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Franken L, Loobuyck P. Barry and Kukathas as inspiring sources for a fair church-state system in Belgium. JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES. 2011;10(28):3–20.
MLA
Franken, Leni, and Patrick Loobuyck. “Barry and Kukathas as Inspiring Sources for a Fair Church-state System in Belgium.” JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES 10.28 (2011): 3–20. Print.